The Shining Company by Rosemary SutcliffThe Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Shining Company

byRosemary Sutcliff

Paperback | September 1, 1992

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Life is secure and peaceful for young Prosper, second son of Gerontius, until the day Prince Gorthyn arrives with his hunting party. Prosper's unusual daring in the hunt catches the prince's attention, and he promises to make Prosper his shield-bearer when he comes of age. Two years later, three hundred princes are summoned to the king's fortress at Dyn Eidin, where they will prepare to fight the Saxon forces which are gaining strength in the east. Prosper, with Conn, his bondservant, leaves his father's lands to join Gorthyn in the rigorous training for battle. With the coming of spring, word reaches the Three Hundred Companions that the Saxon leader has taken yet another kingdom. They set out at once for the Saxon stronghold of Catraeth, where Prosper must face the greatest challenges of his life.
Adventure and heroism against impossible odds create a moving, robust tale set in Britain in the eighth century and based on actual events.

Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) wrote dozens of books for young readers, including her award-winning Roman Britain trilogy, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers, which won the Carnegie Medal. The Eagle of the Ninth is now a major motion picture, The Eagle, directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Channing Ta...
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Title:The Shining CompanyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.86 × 5.18 × 0.78 inPublished:September 1, 1992Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374466165

ISBN - 13:9780374466169

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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In 600 A.D. in northern Britain, Prosper becomes a shield bearer with the Companions, an army made up of three hundred younger sons of minor kings and trained to act as one fighting brotherhood against the invading Saxons.

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"This novel of early Britain draws you into a desolate landscape that quivers with flame and shadow; an age-old war story of glory...A story dark and fierce and shining." -Starred boxed review, Booklist